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Sony a7R III Instagram Giveaway!!!

By Colby Brown

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I am super excited to announce that I am giving away a Sony a7R III over on my Instagram Account! For complete Giveaway Details, see the bottom of this blog post…

Dates: December 15th, 2017 – January 15th, 2018

How to Enter:

1.) Follow @ColbyBrownPhotography on Instagram.
2.) Like my IG Giveaway Post (Found Bellow or via my IG Profile)
3.) Tag a friend in the comments on my Instagram Giveaway Post. 1 Tag = 1 entry. Tag as many people as you want to enter multiple times

*If you have any questions, please let me know!

GIVEAWAY!!! I am super stoked to announce that I am going to be giving away a brand new Sony a7R III 42mp full frame mirrorless camera that retails for $3200 USD. It recently won numerous camera of the year awards, showcasing how it is easily one of the best cameras available to date. To Enter: 1. Like this Post 2. Follow me @ColbyBrownPhotography 3. Tag a friend in the comments below. Each tag is an entry. Enter as many times as you wish. Optionally you can also can “Turn On Post Notifications” for my IG Profile, so that you can learn of additional chances to win as well as making sure you get notified when I give other cameras, lenses, tripods, filters, laptops and even trips away here on IG. The Winner will be chosen at random on January 15th, 2018 This giveaway is not sponsored by Instagram or Sony. No Purchase Necessary. Void where prohibited.

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Sponsored by Colby Brown Photography Ltd. (“Sponsor”). No purchase or obligation necessary.

Giveaway/Sweepstakes Details

Colby Brown Photography Sony a7R III Instagram Giveaway (the “Sweepstakes”)

Entry deadline: January 15th, 2018 at 11:59pm EST

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Famed Chinese rooftopper falls to his death from 62-story skyscraper

Photo: Weibo

Editor’s Note: We have decided not to post the video of the tragedy, or even link to it. Please, if you value your life, do not engage in ‘rooftopping’ or other risky activities for the sake of a ‘cool’ photo. There are legal and safe ways to capture great photos from tall places.


Performing dangerous stunts to capture exciting photos has long been hotly debated, but that hasn’t stopped some people from continuing to do incredibly dangerous things for the sake of a few Instagram likes. “Rooftopping,” the act of climbing a very high structure to take images showing the distance to the ground, is one of the most popular of these acticities, and it recently claimed the life of 26-year-old Chinese rooftopper Wu Yongning.

Yongning regularly engaged in risky photo shoots. Hanging off of tall buildings earned him more than 60,000 followers on Weibo and a portfolio of unique, if vertigo-inducing and deeply unsettling, images. In the end, it also claimed his life.

Photo: Weibo

According to Channel NewsAsia, Yongning fell from the 62-story Huayuan Hua Centre while filming an attempted stunt to win 100,000 CNY (about $15k USD / €13k EUR) from an unnamed sponsor. Yongning reportedly planned to use the money to fund his wedding and help pay his mother’s medical bills.

A camera that had been set up to record the stunt captured Yongning’s final moments, showing him performing a couple of pull-ups while hanging off the edge of the skyscraper. Tragically, Yongning didn’t have the strength to pull himself back onto the rooftop afterward, and without anyone there to help him back up, he eventually lost his grip and fell.

The incidence happened on November 8th.

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Kodak’s new Mini Shot 10MP camera prints tiny instant photos

Kodak expanded its instant product lineup today with the launch of the new Kodak Mini Shot Instant 10MP camera: a point-and-shoot digital model that produces credit card-sized color prints on 4Pass Photo Paper. The Mini Shot Instant—which is offered in black, yellow and white colors—also features Bluetooth connectivity for transferring images to an iOS or Android device running the Kodak MINI Shot companion app.

With the Kodak MINI Shot App, users can make minor edits to their images before printing them, including applying filters and stickers, cropping, and using card templates. Image previews are possible in-camera, as well, via the Mini Shot Instant’s 1.7-inch LCD viewfinder. The camera offers gamma color control, auto focus, white balance, and exposure control.

Users have two photo paper sizes to choose from: rectangular 2.1 x 3.4-inch and square 2.1 x 2.1-inch with adhesive backing. The 4Pass Photo Paper is available in packs of up to 50 (for $35), and the camera is sold with an 8-pack all-in-one print cartridge. The Kodak Mini Shot Instant is available from Amazon now for $100 USD.

Press Release

Kodak Expands Its Instant Print Camera Offerings with New KODAK Mini Shot Instant Camera

High-quality, instant print photo gratification meets Android and iOS compatibility plus Bluetooth connectivity.

SUWON, South Korea & EDISON, N.J. – Today, Prinics Co., Ltd announced the availability of the new KODAK Mini Shot Instant Print Camera through its North American distributor C+A Global. Expanding upon its instant print product line, the new KODAK Mini Shot point-and-shoot camera combines high-quality, instant-print color photos with digital conveniences such as color controls, filter effects and Bluetooth connectivity, making it the ideal all-in-one solution for picture taking and photo editing.

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Thingyfy launches Pinhole Pro S: The widest modern professional pinhole lens ever

Thingyfy is back with another Kickstarter campaign, and this time they’re trying to fund the Pinhole Pro S-Series lenses. As with the original Pinhole Pro campaign launched this past summer, the new Pinhole Pro S seeks funding for a modern pinhole lens. Unlike the original, however, the latest campaign is for a model that Thingyfy calls the widest pro-tier pinhole lens in the world.

Pinhole Pro S comes in two varieties: the Pinhole Pro S11, an 11mm lens with a 120 degree FOV, and the Pinhole Pro S37, a 37mm lens with a 60 degree FOV. Both lenses feature a fully aluminum body. The S11 version is designed for mirrorless cameras with Micro Four Thirds, Sony E, and Fuji X mounts; the S37 is designed for SLR/DSLR cameras with Sony A, Nikon F, Canon EF, and Pentax K mounts.

The wide-angle S-Series weighs less while being wider and nine times sharper than the original Pinhole Pro lens, according to Thingyfy. The company explains that its Pinhole Pro lenses offer a very precise pinhole aperture due to the use of a micro-drill that is robotically controlled. The drill produces a “perfectly round” and smooth hole, says Thingyfy, whereas alternatives like chemical etching and laser etching have downsides, such as corroded or burnt, fuzzy edges.

Thingyfy is funding its new Pinhole Pro S lenses on Kickstarter, where an early bird unit of any camera mount is offered for $59 CAD / $46 USD with an estimated shipping date of April 2018.

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Pixelmator reveals Pixelmator Pro, an Adobe competitor for Mac users

Pixelmator’s new high-end Mac photo editor Pixelmator Pro, which the company partially revealed back in September, is officially live and available to purchase through the Mac App Store.

In case you’ve forgotten, Pixelmator Pro is a nondestructive single-window application with some editing features powered by machine learning, GPU-based image editing tools, and what the company describes as “an incredibly intuitive and accessible design.” Users get a fully native Mac experience, says Pixelmator, which designed Pixelmator Pro with a look inspired by macOS.

Thanks to Core ML framework, Pixelmator Pro also features integrated machine learning to power features like automatic horizon detection and layer naming, intelligent quick selection, and realistic object removal.

Ultimately, the company is hoping that Pixelmator Pro will represent the perfect marriage between pro-tier features and accessible design.

Other notable features include full Mac integration, including support for iCloud, compatibility with Adobe Photoshop, support for raw images and multiple raw layers, HEIF compatibility, and vector tools, among many other things. And if you feel that a major feature is missing, you’ll be happy to know that multiple free updates bringing major new features are already in the pipeline for release in the near future.

Until then, you can pick up Pixelmator Pro 1.0 is through the Mac App Store for $60 USD.

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